Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “Go to the ant, you slacker! Observe its ways and become wise. Without leader, administrator, or ruler, it prepares its provisions in summer; it gathers its food during harvest. How long will you stay in bed, you slacker? When will you get up from your sleep?” Proverbs 6:8-9 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “You are responsible for taking action.”
The primary difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is that successful people simply go out and do what needs to be done, while unsuccessful people procrastinate and make excuses. You would think that the key to success in life would be something like talent, skill, or intelligence. But no, the most important ingredient for success is action. The world is filled with intelligent, talented, skilled people who failed because they didn’t act.
In Proverbs 6:8-9 Solomon used the example of the ant – an insect known for hard work and diligence. The ant is a self-starter who doesn’t need to be instructed and closely supervised – it just goes out and does what needs to be done. He contrasted that with a person who is a lazy, excuse-making slacker. The Biblical wisdom being imparted here is that we are to get off the couch and be productive.
In recent devotional messages I’ve been referring to the life-lessons taught in the great little book “The Traveler’s Gift”. In the book the main character, David, is travelling through time having encounters with real historical figures. At each stop David is taught an important life-lesson which, if implemented, will make his life substantially better. At one point he had a brief encounter with Civil War hero Colonel Joshua Chamberlain. Colonel Chamberlain was known as a courageous man of action. The principle David is taught in this encounter is “I am a man of action”. Here’s a summary of it:
“I am a person of action. I will not dwell in a pit of despair. I will not waste time regretting lost opportunities. I will take the action necessary to make my life better. When faced with a choice of doing something or doing nothing, I will always choose to act. Successful people make their decisions quickly, change their minds slowly, and move forward with confidence. I am a person of action.”
This is what Solomon taught in Proverbs 6:8-9, God expects us to be people of action. We are not to procrastinate, make excuses, or be lazy. We have a responsibility to take the action necessary to accomplish the things that need to be done.